Tragedy or Hope
The film is structured as a narrative in which John Smith's ancestors educate him about "what's right with America" in hopes of leading him away from "the road to anarchy and self-destruction." There are many bits of archival footage in this film. It begins with a brief discussion of (accompanied by a montage) those "radical speakers who are subsidized by communists" (Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, and others are pictured). We move from these scenes of "mass hysteria" to extnded montages which depict all the womders of American capitalist society (lots of good stock shots here:
lipsticks being made
fields being farmed
footage from Ford Motor Company (accompanied by a brief discussion of Henry Ford as a citizen with "strong" values. The film ends as John Smith and his ancestors decide to face the protestors and educate them on "what's right with America." The final title card reads: "Will you let this time of our lives be Tragedy or Hope?".
Subject: Classic 1970's Propagana
In retrospect we now see the absurdity of the exaggerated fears expressed in this propaganda film and others like it. This does add a touch of comic element to the film. Watch it bearing in mind the time it was made and the mindset of the period.
Subject: ..Double Digit I.Qs..
Subject: Protest = Bad
Subject: Watch "Brink of disaster, pt 1"'
It really shows you that'U.S. drag' that Burroughs wrote about.
Subject: Preachy but good...
Though it is a strange idea, with revolutionary American clubbing down the dumb kid, it makes sense. Nothing wrong with America except the lazy abdicate their participation in government. Most who criticize America slough their responsibilities and cry because the world doesn't dance to their childish, narcissistic whims. Instead they wish to enslave everyone to work half heartedly for communist ideas, or socialism (communism-lite).
In the 60's people really purchased sophistry wholesale, and it still screws up this country. If this was tighter, with a slightly better direction, it should still be shown today.... if we have to indoctrinate our kids, why not use positive messages?
Subject: Tragedy or Hope
Subject: Rabble Rabble
Well that settles that argument, doesn't it?
This movie was pretty boring actually, especially considering the otherwise fascinating subject matter.
Subject: See also...
The characters and plot of this film are near exact reprisals of "Brink of Disaster!!" located on this site as well.
Subject: Tragedy or hope - the world in black and white
Subject: "The road to anarchy and self destruction"
The other films from Harding College are lectures about the perfection of capitalism, here we have their attempt at drama and guess what? It's a freaking lecture on how great capitalism is and how everything wrong in America is due to evil communist conspiracy!
Of course, it's all very convincing, so by the end of the film, they's all goin' out to kill 'em some commies!